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Friday
Jul012011

Shanghai Tower: Influences on Design

Shanghai Tower

The design of Shanghai Tower derives from three basic ideas related to the city of Shanghai and the rise of China as an economic and cultural influence.

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Can Technology Transform Public Transit in LA?

Friday
Jun242011

Rapid Urbanization and the Need for Open Spaces

Rapid urbanization is upon us. A report from the U.N. projects that by midcentury nearly 69 percent of the earth’s population will live in cities. This coming shift will mandate vast changes to urban infrastructure, including increased access to quality open spaces.

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Monday
Jun062011

Designing Libraries in a Digital World

Among myriad programming assignments that clients assign to their architects, perhaps no other building type is more challenging to plan than the contemporary library.

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Wednesday
May252011

Construction Update: Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower construction charges forward on schedule; we are on track to open by the end of 2014. When complete, Shanghai Tower will be the second-tallest building in the world, at 632 meters and with 121 occupied floors. I sat down with Dick Fencl, technical director for the project, to talk over where we are now.

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